Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

A scooterist wears a pollution mask and drives through thick smog in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP)
Updated 14 November 2019

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

  • Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze
  • The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air.

According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine times the level recommended by the WHO.

Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze and an official health advisory has asked residents to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Air pollution in northern India, including New Delhi, peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.

The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital.


At least 13 reported missing as torrential rain hits Japan’s Kyushu

Updated 04 July 2020

At least 13 reported missing as torrential rain hits Japan’s Kyushu

  • Highest warning for floods and landslides triggered by the rain “never seen” before in the region

TOKYO: Unprecedented torrential rains pounded Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, where at least 13 people have gone missing as weather officials warned against the threat of floods and landslides, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday.
Television broadcast images of houses and cars submerged in muddy waters in the prefecture of Kumamoto, where NHK said the flooding Kuma River was cutting off homes and had washed away a bridge.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued its highest grade of warning for floods and landslides triggered by the rain “never seen” before in the region, the broadcaster added.
More than 100 appeals for rescue flowed in to local authorities but they could not respond to all immediately, NHK said.